It has emerged that the DVLA has made nearly £22 million in the past four-and-a-half-years selling drivers’ private details to parking enforcement firms. The information includes drivers’ names and addresses as well as vehicle details and is often used by companies to issue and collect fines.
A total of 31 companies have paid for data over the period, despite many facing criticism from motorists over their behaviour. These figures have been released by the DVLA in response to a freedom of information request.
The DVLA’s response was that it does not profit from the sales, rather the fees are set to recover the related administrative costs and so the applicant and not the taxpayer funds the activity. The DVLA stressed it has strict criteria for those using its electronic database, including valid Data Protection registration, probation periods and audits to monitor behaviour and use of data.